How to create a Hyper-V instance in Windows 10


It is possible to create a virtual machine in Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, but you must activate and install Hyper-V first, which is not as simple as it sounds.

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Whether virtual machines  reside in the cloud or as part of a local network, VMs often play a vital role in the strategic and practical application of business IT infrastructure. Depending on their configuration, VMs can be used to test and run applications, databases, storage systems, IoT controllers, operating systems, and a slew of other functions.

It is possible to create a virtual machine in Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, using nothing but built-in tools and your personal computer. You can use this personal VM to run an alternative operating system like Linux, for example. A VM of this type opens up access to new applications and new experiences; however, the key component, called Hyper-V, is not installed by default. So, we will have to activate Hyper-V first.

This tutorial shows you how to activate Hyper-V in Windows 10 Pro and then how to use it to create a VM on your personal computer. 

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How to create a Hyper-V instance in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Pro, Hyper-V is located in the list of Windows Features, which is buried deep in the standard Windows Control Panel. The quickest way to get there is to type “Windows features” in the desktop search box and choose Turn Windows Features On Or Off.

When you click the correct item in the results, you should see a screen similar to Figure A.
Figure A

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Figure A

Click the plus sign next to the Hyper-V entry to expand the list of its features. As you can see in Figure B, Hyper-V is more than just a single application. Click the box next to the Hyper-V…



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